The crisp morning air means fall is almost here, with all of its chic glory. September is the start of a prime season for fashion, when boots, jeans, knitwear and leather are welcomed back into our wardrobes. There's no shortage of stylish shindigs in Denver this month, either, from shows to shop openings to anniversary parties. Here are the top twelve fashion events for September, in chronological order:
1. Tom Ford and Christian Louboutin Trunk Shows
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, September 9, and Saturday, September 10
Neiman Marcus Denver
3030 East First Avenue
Head to the shoe salon on level one to shop the latest collection from master shoe designer Christian Louboutin. This weekend, you can also see the new collection from American tastemaker Tom Ford at Neiman Marcus in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Click here for more information.
2. Blue Jean Bash
6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, September 10
Exdo Event Center
3500 Walnut Street
This charity event will celebrate denim as well as raise funds for Clothes to Kids of Denver; you have the chance to win a vacation to Italy by attending. Click here to purchase your ticket and for more information.
3. AILLEA Cherry Creek Grand Opening
10 a.m. Saturday, September 10
Cherry Creek Shopping Center
3000 East First Avenue
AILLEA, the toxin-free beauty and skincare haven, is opening a second local location (the first shop is in Larimer Square) inside the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. The store is located on the second level, near Macy's. Click here for more information.
4. Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design From 1980s to 1990s Grand Opening
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 11
Denver Art Museum
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Fashion as art is the focus of the new exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, celebrating the intricate work of revolutionary Japanese fashion designers in Paris who challenged traditional standards. The exhibit features over seventy looks from designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Comme des Garçons and more, who still have a strong voice in contemporary fashion. The show runs through next May; for more information and tickets, click here.
5. Pandora on The Hill Anniversary Party
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 13
Pandora on The Hill
1227 East 17th Avenue
Grab your friends and head to Pandora on the Hill, a Capitol Hill staple celebrating its 22nd birthday. To celebrate the many changes over the years, Pandora will have a 1994-themed photo booth, cupcakes, drinks and giveaways — and 22 percent of every purchase will be donated to SafeHouse Denver. Click here for more information.
6. HAUS Presents: FUN HAUS Fundraiser
7 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, September 15
Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar
2201 Lawrence Street
Local designer Michael Sullivan and his creative collective, HAUS, are behind this event to raise funds for a move to retail, which kicks off a weekend of events from HAUS. The night will feature live music, dancing, food from Romano’s Macaroni Grill, raffles and more. Purchase a HAUS Weekend ticket to grant you access to FUN HAUS, the ENVOKE Fashion Show on Saturday, September 17, and the HAUS pop-up shop at Dateline on Sunday, September 18. Click here to purchase your ticket and for more information.
7. Pin-Up Fashion Show at Gary Lee Days
8 p.m. Friday, September 16 through Saturday, September 17
Gary Lee's Motor Club & Grub
176 South Broadway
The late Gary Lee Bomar will be remembered with two days of festivities, starting with live music by Pretty Mouth and the Trade-Ins, and followed Saturday with more live music, a pin-up fashion show put on by Equillibrium, and a pompadour and pin-up hair contest with competing salons. There will be a live auction (a silent auction will run through the day, too) with some very rare Gary Lee creations — all benefiting Max Fund. Find out more here.
8. International Fashion Market Pop-Up Shop
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18
2191 South Broadway
Denver will be treated to a fusion of new fashion designers during this two-day pop-up shop. The Hot and Chic-themed event features a curated selection of designers, many appearing in Denver for the first time, showing clothing for men and women ranging from day wear to evening wear. Stop by to shop the latest in international fashion and enjoy food, music and entertainment. Click here for more information.
9. Boojiie Girls Modeling Boot Camp
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 17
School of Breaking
14190 East Jewell Avenue, Unit 7, Aurora
This modeling boot camp is for everyone: men and women aspiring to become professional models, or anyone else who has ever dreamed of strutting their stuff down a runway. The three-hour session will cover everything from modeling to runway training, building a portfolio and more. Wear comfortable clothing — and women should have a pair of three-inch heels. Click here for more information.
10. Fashion Group International Denver Fashion Show
Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 24
Dillard's Park Meadows
8415 Park Meadows Center Drive
The new collection of sportswear from Jones New York will hit the runway today, and guests at this show have the chance to win $500 for their wardrobe. Donations will support the Fashion Group International Denver Scholarship Fund, which is awarded to deserving students studying fashion in college. Click here to reserve your free spot by September 17.
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11. Condom Couture Fashion Show
6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 24
Glenn Miller Ballroom
1669 Euclid Avenue, Boulder
This annual fashion show produced by the Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center has a twofold cause: to promote safe sex and sex education, as well as give local creatives the chance to repurpose condoms into wearable fashion on a high-energy runway. Click here for more information.
12. Willow Third Anniversary Party
6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 29
2595 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
Boulder fashion boutique Willow is celebrating its third year with a party and a fall fashion show. The night starts with cocktails, followed by the show and a raffle drawing. Drinks and snacks will be served, and Vert will host a beauty pop-up shop. The hairstyles in the show will be styled by Downtown Refinery, with makeup by Vert Beauty. Click here for more information.